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Feb 03 2023

THEATER: THE ART OF BURNING/MADE IN CHINA 2.0

By |2023-02-03T20:26:04-05:00February 3rd, 2023|Theater|0 Comments

TWO WORLD PREMIERES hit the stage in Boston-- BOTH very much worth seeing. While not perfect, these works live at the edge of what's happening now, reminding us with urgency of what we already know and need to address.   THE ART OF BURNING is onstage now at Huntington's Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. It's [...]

Dec 20 2022

THEATER: “TORCH SONG”/ “LIFE OF PI”

By |2022-12-21T15:41:24-05:00December 20th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

Two to see as we head into Christmas WEEKEND! Moonbox productions continually grows in stature as a presenter of first-rate productions in a consistently excellent repertoire! This time it's Harvey Fierstein's classic TORCH SONG (Fierstein's 2017 reworked and reduced revival of "Torch Song Trilogy") with a funny, tender performance by Peter Mill as Arnold Beckoff [...]

Dec 08 2022

THEATER: LITTLE WOMEN THE BROADWAY MUSICAL/ LITTLE CHRISTMAS TREE SHOP OF HORRORS

By |2022-12-12T00:07:46-05:00December 8th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

'Tis the season to be jolly! From the sacred to the profane, you'll find it all onstage now--with MUSIC!  Hang onto your hot cocoa and here we go.   Head on up to Stoneham to see one of the best productions ever mounted by Greater Boston Stage Company: LITTLE WOMEN The Broadway Musical!  It's Louisa [...]

Nov 21 2022

THEATER: SIX/ THE CHINESE LADY/ THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

By |2022-11-22T10:44:16-05:00November 21st, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

THREE TO SEE ONSTAGE NOW: "SIX The Musical" at the Emerson Colonial Theatre!  I first saw it at the American Repertory Theater in 2019, reviewed it then (read what I said here), and haven't changed my mind about its problems, but this time I enjoyed it more. It's won a pair of Tonys for original [...]

Oct 27 2022

THEATER: JOE TURNER/ENGLISH/SLEEPY HOLLOW

By |2022-11-02T12:10:29-04:00October 27th, 2022|Theater, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The theater season is off and running! Here's my take on three productions that kicked the Fall into high gear! The newly renovated Huntington Theatre has returned to its physical home on Huntington Ave and its artistic home with August Wilson's JOE TURNER'S COME AND GONE,  the first of his plays produced by the Huntington [...]

Oct 18 2022

THEATER: Dracula/Ada And The Engine/The Thin Place/Mr. Swindle’s Peculiarium

By |2022-10-18T13:21:03-04:00October 18th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

Here's what I've seen onstage lately-- let this be a guide and a warning. DRACULA mounted by The Umbrella Stage Company in Concord, is seasonally appropriate with a twist. This version is playwright Kate Hamill's take on Bram Stoker's original which she dubs "A feminist revenge fantasy, really."  I love a little Dracula and some [...]

Sep 22 2022

THEATRE: “HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING”

By |2022-09-22T17:29:32-04:00September 22nd, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

SPEAKEASY STAGE has just kicked off its season with perhaps the most daring, intelligently written, and eye-opening production onstage right now in progressive theater circles: HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING.  The play is a sharp, densely-written theatrical exploration of conservatism, specifically the rift between old and new Catholic conservatives as they debate the hot topics [...]

Sep 20 2022

THEATER: “SING STREET”

By |2022-09-20T22:06:38-04:00September 20th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

THE HUNTINGTON opened its fall season with the musical "SING STREET" based on the 2016 movie by writer/director John Carney. It's a coming of age story set in 1980's Dublin about a teenage boy who falls for a beautiful mysterious girl who calls herself a "model." So he claims to have a band and then [...]

Sep 05 2022

THEATER: “TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992”

By |2022-09-06T11:58:53-04:00September 5th, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 is the magnificent season-opening salvo at The American Repertory Theater! Anna Deavere Smith's astonishing theatrical document captures the fraught history of racism in America, here revised as an ensemble piece and sleekly directed by Taibi Magar. It's hard to imagine that Anna Deveare Smith ever acted all the parts herself, but [...]

Jul 31 2022

THEATER: “MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING”

By |2022-08-01T13:54:04-04:00July 31st, 2022|Theater|0 Comments

It's our annual Boston theatrical ritual-- FREE Shakespeare on the Common presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and this summer's production is just what we needed after a year of too much of everything and always something-- so what better time for "Much Ado About Nothing"! Just sit back under the stars with a scoop of [...]